We love Sydney and its thriving metropolis vibe, but if you’re longing to escape the hum and thrum and go for a weekend getaway in regional New South Wales, we’ve got you covered. After reviewing hundreds of hotels and resorts, we’ve handpicked a collection of the best weekend getaways from Sydney that will provide you with your haven for relaxation. At these gorgeous retreats, plenty of rest and indulgence await. The best part? All are just within a few hours of Sydney.

Hunter Valley

Views over vines in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Known for: Gorgeous wines & delicious food
Best time to visit: Spring – when everything starts to bloom
How far from Sydney: 2-hour drive

Located just a couple of hours’ drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is known for its beautiful scenery, great wine, and friendly locals. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family holiday, the Hunter Valley has something for everyone. Local attractions include world-class wineries and wine tours, golf courses, spas, horseback riding, and hot-air ballooning. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that’s both fun and relaxing, the Hunter Valley Region is the perfect place to visit.

Where to stay in the Hunter Valley?

Spicers Guesthouse has spacious lawns with stylish fire pits adding warmth to weekend getaways from Sydney.

Spicers Guesthouse, Pokolbin

Spicers Guesthouse set in the heart of the Hunter Valley region epitomises an idyllic haven of laid-back luxury. This boutique hotel seamlessly blends modern sophistication with the rustic allure of a country farmhouse, offering 45 meticulously designed rooms, a restaurant serving contemporary Italian cuisine, a well-appointed bar, an inviting outdoor pool, and meticulously landscaped gardens perfect for leisurely walks. This escape also offers a standalone 4-bedroom cottage that harmonises natural elements like white wood, stone, and timber with opulent furnishings inspired by the region, definitely making guests feel like they’re on a wine getaway. If you feel like going for some more exploration, Spicers Guesthouse also offers exclusive experiences, including wine and helicopter tours, as well as private picnics amidst the vineyards, enhancing the overall allure of this exquisite escape.

French-style luxury at Chateau Elan's 3500-acre property.

Chateau Elan At The Vintage, Pokolbin

Surrounded by rolling vineyards and overlooking manicured gardens, Chateau Elan At The Vintage is an award-winning golf & spa resort that offers limited spas and suites. When on your weekend getaway here, you can spend quiet time in your tastefully appointed room or self-contained villa, or go for the ultimate pampering at the Day Spa that boasts 17 treatment rooms and a comprehensive menu of relaxing therapies at your fingertips. The spa is open up to 5 PM, making it a nice little activity before a hearty dinner at the on-site restaurant and bar. Feel like being more active and enjoying the grounds, ‘The Vintage’ Golf Course, one of the country’s premier golf resorts, will welcome you with open arms. 

Weekend getaways NSW spent at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley grants access to the restaurant's buffet breakfast.

Rydges Resort Hunter Valley, Lovedale

Offering a range of guestrooms and suites, Rydges Resort Hunter Valley has a haven for you—travelling for a solo weekend getaway or with your friends and family. From Kids Suites specially designed for young families to Resort Villas with up to 3 bedrooms for a bigger group, comfort and luxury await you at a range of price points. During your stay, indulge in a gourmet buffet breakfast at Redsalt Restaurant, or perhaps choose from an array of classic meals at Lovedale Bistro. Smaller servings are also available at Lovedale Cafe and if you’re looking for a nightcap, the bartender at Vista Lounge can make handcrafted cocktails that you can enjoy by the cosy fire.

Spicers Vineyards Estate makes weekend getaways from Sydney even more special with its beautiful private vineyard and the luxurious treatments from Spa Anise.

Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin

It would be remiss of us not to mention this other gorgeous escape by Spicers Retreats—Spicers Vineyard Escape. Hear us out: only 12 guest rooms each equipped with a fireplace, an outdoor pool, playful dishes and a vibrant cocktail list at Restaurant Botanica, and luxurious treatments at Spa Anise. It’s intimate, romantic, and idyllic, lending it a luxurious homestead atmosphere that will make you feel spoiled and taken care of during your getaway. We recommend trying out the relaxing hot stone massage at Spa Anise and the reinvigorating aromatherapy too.

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Blue Mountains

Views of the stunning Blue Mountains and cable car

Known for: Spectacular views & beautiful walks
Best time to visit: Spring to Autumn
How far from Sydney: 1.5-hour drive

The Blue Mountains make for the perfect weekend getaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and enjoy majestic mountain views. Just a short drive from the city, this World Heritage-listed region is renowned for its eucalyptus forests, cliffs and waterfalls, making it an ideal destination if you love going for nature and forest walks. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, be sure to pack your bathers as there are several swimming holes located throughout the area where you can cool off during a day of exploring. Check out these hotels and resorts for that relaxing Blue Mountains escape.

Where to stay in the Blue Mountains?

Chalets at Blackheath modern villa from the outside, showing the furnished deck and bushland views

Chalets at Blackheath

One of our favourite romantic hideaways in NSW, Chalets at Blackheath will treat you to intimate views of rugged sandstone formations, surrounding eucalyptus forests, and the wonder of ancient aboriginal sites. Perched atop the highest point of the Blue Mountains, this deluxe cabin-like getaway with beautiful natural stone interiors blends perfectly with the warm wooden floors and metal accents. The self-contained chalets are bright and airy, offer maximum privacy, and have personalised concierge service. Enjoy the serene bushland views from inside your spacious chalet or breathe in plenty of fresh mountain air as you relax on your private furnished deck. Feel like exploring? Nearby walking trails offer routes to some of the most amazing peak views in the area.

Kyah Boutique Hotel room featuring relaxing soft pastel interiors

Kyah Boutique Hotel, Blackheath

Do you like the more unique charms of boutique hotels? You’ll be in for a lovely treat at Kyah Boutique Hotel. A calming getaway in the Blue Mountains, this little hideaway features minimalist yet playful interiors that channel Hollywood glamour. Instagram-worthy spots wherever you turn! The hotel has 3 wings with 46 rooms, keeping the mood quiet and relaxed. During your stay, make sure to try the hyper-local seasonal menu from Blaq for a taste of the freshest produce from the Blue Mountains. Looking for more spots to relax? Kyah Boutique Hotel has an outdoor hot tub (booking in advance is advised) and a sauna too.

Lilianfels Resort & Spa - Blue Mountains outdoor pool and gardens

Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Katoomba

Set on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, Lilianfels Resort & Spa is an award-winning hotel in Katoomba. This mountain getaway offers traditionally-designed boutique rooms richly decorated with organza and silk, and equipped with modern amenities for the ultimate in comfort and luxury. If you’re travelling with family, we suggest the Executive Suites that feature a separate lounge and bedroom for more private space to unwind. We love how there are multiple restaurants and bars on-site such as Darley’s, Orangery Restaurant (great atmosphere for breakfast), The Lounge Bar, and Echoes Bar and Restaurant. With picturesque views and scenic attractions, this hotel is an idyllic escape, bringing the beauty of nature right to your doorstep.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat featuring a fireplace, high-ceilinged room, and furnished balcony with bushland views

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Bowen Mountain

If the weekend getaway you have in mind is for you and your special someone, this adults-only retreat is for you. Nestled on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is an intimate boutique hotel with only 5 luxurious suite types to choose from. Booking a stay here means all-inclusive luxury and pure relaxation only. Included in your stay are all your meals plus access to the minibar too. Also home to Spa Anise of Spicers Retreats, you and your significant other can indulge in a world of sensory experiences that will thoroughly relax you. If you prefer drinking in the views, you can also do so while taking a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool. The sunset views are just absolutely stunning. 

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel offers views of the manicured lawns and gardens and the mountain ranges in the distance.

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Leura

Just a 90-minute drive west of Sydney, Fairmont Resort & Spa in the Blue Mountains is perched on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley in this spectacular World Heritage-listed National Park. This impressive mountain resort offers an extensive range of dining options (a trattoria and bar among several others) and a host of leisure facilities that are suitable for the whole family. Our favourite though is the luxurious on-site spa, Ubika Spa which has gorgeous views of the nearby mountain ranges as you get massages and relaxing therapies. Just this September, they recently opened Salon Ubika as well, for some extra me-time. If you feel like having winter vibes all year round, Fairmont Resort & Spa also boasts the Blue Mountains Ice Skating Rink, making it a playground of Winterland wonder. Whether you want to relax or have fun, this is a destination hotel that will give you a wide array of activities to enjoy.

Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant spacious bathroom with deep soaking tub, separate enclosed shower and moody dark tiles

Echoes Boutique Hotel, Katoomba

If you love intimate retreats, especially those that channel a classic charm, you’ll be transported to a secret hideaway at Echoes Boutique Hotel. It features only 14 guest rooms, making it an ideal choice for a romantic getaway, and its location above the Jamison Valley offers stunning views of the National Park from each of its rooms. Despite the intimate atmosphere, you’re still in for an indulgent time since there’s an on-site spa—Echoes Spa, where you can choose from a range of body treatments and facial and massage therapies. After a relaxing massage, perhaps a romantic dinner? Fine dining and jaw-dropping views of the mountain ranges await at Echoes Restaurant & Bar where you can choose from a carefully selected wine list featuring boutique Australian and imported wines to pair with your sumptuous meal.

North Coast

Beautiful beach views on the North Coast of New South Wales

Known for: Stunning beaches, hinterlands & lakes
Best time to visit: Summer or Winter
How far from Sydney: 2+ hours drive

The North Coast is packed with stunning beaches, lush forests and plenty of activities to keep you entertained. The weather in this region is usually great for a beach holiday, so if you’re a beach lover, ready your notes for the best stays in the area. There are plenty of great things to see and do on the North Coast apart from chilling on the beach though. For nature lovers, make sure to visit one of the many national parks, the Stockton Sand Dunes, or take a bushwalk and enjoy the surrounds. If you’re after a more relaxed weekend away though, there’s no shortage of quaint cafes and restaurants to enjoy, plus lovely shops to explore.

Where to stay on NSW’s North Coast?

Bannisters Port Stephens has a cool blue infinity pool that makes it a splashing spot where you can enjoy weekend getaways in NSW with friends or family.

Bannisters Port Stephens, Soldiers Point

Bannisters Port Stephens is surrounded by the waters of Nelson Bay, a koala habitat, and a sense of peace and seclusion. Here you can wake up in your stylish guest room or suite before spending the day by the pool where you can relax and take in the stunning views. This hotel has been remodelled to capture the glamour of luxury hotels back in the sixties and seventies, giving it a refined, uncomplicated, and laid-back style. While you’re here, dine in the renowned Rick Stein restaurant where you can enjoy the finest locally sourced ingredients from ocean to plate every day, and make time for some pampering at the on-site day spa. You can also just grab a cool drink and unwind by the pool.

Anchorage Port Stephens has a predominantly coastal chic design that sets the beach vibe mood.

Anchorage Port Stephens, Corlette

Experience Hamptons-chic luxury and seaside style at its finest at The Anchorage Port Stephens. With gorgeous guest rooms to choose from, a renowned all-day dining restaurant serving world-class food, and an insanely luxurious day spa, this is the stuff romantic dreams and amazing weekend getaways from Sydney are made of. Just a little over 2 hours from Sydney, the drive will be well worth it especially when you try the relaxing treatments at Spa Lucca. We suggest booking ahead to make sure you secure one of the 2 single treatment rooms or 2 double treatment rooms and to fully enjoy the lavish whirlpool, steam room, and private relaxation lounge.

Discover more about The Anchorage Port Stephens in our dedicated feature post.

Crystalbrook Kingsley room with ambient lighting, seating area and mini table perfect for solo travellers or couples

Crystalbrook Kingsley, Newcastle

Drink in stunning rooftop views while savouring handcrafted cocktails at Crystalbrook Kingsley, Newcastle’s first five-star luxury hotel. On top of its being a 5-star escape, we especially love its sustainably-led design and culturally-bound interior design. It exudes a lovely combination of art, textures, and world-class amenities while making you feel at home with Newcastle’s charm. The hotel offers relaxed dining at Roundhouse Restaurant, Ms Mary—an elegant cocktail lounge, and Romberg’s bar, a rooftop restaurant where you can take in the city’s stunning views.

Sails Port Macquarie outdoor pool

Sails Port Macquarie

A fine waterfront resort in Port Macquarie, Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges offers a stylish escape featuring elegant rooms and suites, a contemporary restaurant, a selection of bars, and a private jetty. During your stay, grab a cocktail and relax in a private cabana by the heated pool, throw a line from the jetty, or go for a paddle in one of the hotel’s complimentary kayaks. Feel like just savouring delectable meals? The hotel has 3 restaurants and a bar on-site; The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant for waterfront dining, The Pavilion Garden & Bar for open-air and al fresco meals, and the Poolside Bar & Terrace for chill coastal vibes.

Central Coast

Beautiful views over Central Coast beach

Known for: Stunning beaches & beautiful coastal towns
Best time to visit: Summer
How far from Sydney: 1.5-hour drive

One of the best things about the Central Coast is that it’s so easy to get to, which is why it’s one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations for Sydneysiders. There are beautiful beaches and a plethora of activities to choose from. It’s home to some of Australia’s best beaches, so if you’re looking for a place to relax and soak up the sun, Terrigal Beach, Avoca Beach and Copacabana Beach are just some of the places to go to. If you’re after something a little more active, then try your hand at surfing at one of the many surf beaches, such as MacMasters Beach, or go for a walk in one of the many national parks. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and find your private sanctuary in these Central Coast hotels and resorts.

Where to stay on NSW’s Central Coast?

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific is a centrally located coastal resort just a stroll away from the beach, making it great for weekend getaways from Sydney.

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Terrigal

If you’re a fan of traditional luxury hotels in a beautiful coastal setting, you’ll find your vibe at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific. This deluxe beach accommodation is only 1.5 hours north of Sydney, has a central location, and offers the perfect base from which to have a little adventure and explore the delights of the Central Coast. Each of the light-filled rooms and suites has either a king-sized or two queen beds for super comfy slumber, and comes with furnished balconies where you can enjoy in-room dining as you soak up the stunning ocean views and sea breeze. You can also try the flavourful offerings at Seasalt Restaurant, Terrigal Beach House, or tea and cocktails at Lord Ashley Bar & Lounge.

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort's deep soaking spa tub leading out to a little garden.

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is a wonderful choice for a family weekend away from the city. The resort boasts a golf course, tennis court, gym, pool, day spa and an exceptional beachfront location. Nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake, this Central Coast resort offers a choice of studio guest rooms or self-contained 1, 2, or 3-bedroom apartments perfect for families or groups. Travelling with your little ones? There’ll be plenty of space for them to enjoy at the playground while the grown-ups have a friendly tennis or golf match or while getting pampered at Vie Spa. For some splashing family time, there are multiple pools on-site, with a dedicated rock pool with shallow waters for the kids.

Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast has light filled dining areas allowing you to enjoy a sophisticated dining experience.

Mercure Kooindah Waters, Wyong

Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf Resort is one of those places where the pace slows the moment you arrive. Here you can fully relax whilst enjoying some sunshine, gourmet food and wine, and endless recreation facilities on offer, all just 90 minutes from Sydney. Karinyas Restaurant & Wine Bar offers modern favourites inside the high-ceilinged dining area or al fresco spaces where you can dine under starlight. There’s also a dedicated wine bar on-site—a lovely space where you can catch up with friends and family. Feel like going for a swim? Choose between the outdoor pool or swim laps in the heated 20-metre pool. With a choice of rooms and apartments, this is a perfect getaway for groups small or large.

South Coast

Stunning beach view over Jervis Bay on NSW's South Coast

Known for: Endless white sandy beaches
Best time to visit: Summer and autumn, or winter months for whale watching
How far from Sydney: 2.5-hour drive

The South Coast offers beautiful beaches and idyllic oceanfront escapes. Enjoy Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay, skydiving in Wollongong, marvel at Kiama’s famed blowhole or experience some treetop adventures. There’s an activity and hideaway for everyone. The region is also home to many national parks, which are perfect for hiking, biking, or just exploring and getting your dose of nature. Make the most out of your stay on the South Coast at these luxury hotels.

Where to stay on NSW’s South Coast?

Headlands Austinmer Beach has ocean view rooms from private balconies that make your weekend getaways from Sydney even more relaxing

Headlands Austinmer Beach

Looking for a seaside escape? The self-contained guest rooms at Headlands Austinmer Beach on the South Coast of NSW feature kitchens and laundry facilities, making them the perfect choice for a family getaway. Each room has a private balcony where you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast while admiring the ocean view. The crisp modern interiors will calm your busy thoughts and ensure ultimate relaxation. P.S. It’s also a crowd favourite among View Retreats members so make sure to sign in when you book your stay to take advantage of the best deals.

The courtyard at Wildes Boutique Hotel Kangaroo Valley

Wildes Boutique Hotel Kangaroo Valley

Sometimes, a weekend getaway from Sydney means shaking off the city life and going full-on explorer. Drive inland and find the perfect haven for relaxation after an adventure-filled weekend exploring the Kangaroo Valley. Wildes Boutique Hotel Kangaroo Valley features 26 chic boutique-style studios and suites designed to indulge your adventurous spirit. We love the fun and vibrant pops of colour that energise the rooms. What sets this destination hotel apart from the others in the area is its luxurious South Californian-style accommodations that provide a haven for relaxation after exploring the nearby gorges, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Bannisters Pavilion Mollymook has undisturbed views of Mollymook Beach, making it great for weekend getaways NSW

Bannisters Pavilion Mollymook

Situated just 80 metres from the shores of Mollymook Beach, Bannisters Pavilion boasts stylish, beach-chic rooms and suites that are the perfect choice for a coastal getaway. Choose from a range of contemporary pavilions that have relaxing ocean views, and if you’re bringing your furbaby along, this coastal escape offers a pet-friendly pavilion too. Bannisters Pavilion promises a laidback escape where you can spend sunny days poolside and eat and drink in the relaxed tree-top atmosphere of The Rooftop Bar & Grill. It’s a scenic 3-hour drive away from Sydney and when you get there, coastal bliss awaits.

Southern Highlands

Southern Highlands - Osborn House
Credit: Osborn House

Known for: Spectacular scenery, forests & quaint towns
Best time to visit: Autumn and winter for those cosy nights
How far from Sydney: 1.5-hour drive

If you’re looking to experience the slow pace of country life, the Southern Highlands is the place to be. About 2 hours away from Sydney, you can enjoy Bowral’s tulips around September, antique shopping in small boutiques, wine tasting in any of the 60 wineries in the region, and hiking through the bushland or embarking on wildlife tours. With several townships to explore, you’re sure to find a relaxing weekend hideaway in this stunning region.

Where to stay in the Southern Highlands?

Osborn House features an eclectic design style that marries olden-day charm and modern comforts

Osborn House, Bundanoon

A bespoke experience awaits you at Osborn House where you’ll be surrounded by the rolling hills, lush gardens, and sweeping bushlands of the Southern Highlands. This lovely boutique hotel has 22 individually designed rooms, a day spa, pool, sauna and steam room. Despite having a more intimate space, Osborn House even has al fresco dining areas, a fire pit in the courtyard, a gazebo and swing in the garden—all great spots to enjoy the feel of the outdoors. At this boutique escape, you can take a step back and enjoy the surrounding nature in luxurious accommodations paired with a more personalised experience.

Peppers Manor House has an old Europe vibe and classic design elements that will take you continents away on your weekend getaways from Sydney.

Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest

Last but not least, a beautiful country retreat in the Southern Highlands… A scenic 90-minute drive from Sydney, Peppers Manor House is a boutique hotel in Sutton Forest, just 15 minutes from Bowral. This is an elegant country estate that will envelop you in old-world charm. If you enjoy classic interiors, the repurposed homestead retains charms from a bygone era with moody lighting and leisurely pursuits such as playing billiards, badminton, croquet, or simply relaxing by the pool. Whether you’re strolling through nature, or sipping afternoon tea, you’ll find this intimate hotel a welcome escape from city life.

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A lover of the finer things in life, Mat is a travel junkie who is addicted to the excitement and sense of wonder you experience when visiting a destination for the first time. His passions include music, good food and fine wine, but his epicurean tastes don't get in the way of enjoying life's simpler pleasures like gardening, bush-walking, and exciting street food flavours.